Thursday, May 28, 2015

Three Writers Nominated for Write Well Award

Three featured writers have been nominated by Shanti Arts for the 2014 Write Well Award, which seeks to recognize excellence in published short fiction in both print and electronic magazines. Winners will be announced in August 2015.

Nominated writers are:

Diana Crane, for "The Visitor," which appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Diana Crane grew up in Canada, taught sociology in the United States, and has published several books of nonfiction on topics related to fashion, the media, and the arts. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and twice the recipient of a Fulbright award. She now lives in Paris where she writes fiction as well as articles about fashion and the arts. She also co-edits a fashion studies journal.
Crane's website | Amazon page

Frederic Smith, for "The Old Man and the Ballerina," which appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Stone Voices.

Frederic Smith is a southern Californian who went to Princeton and Cambridge. Twenty years ago he tired of practicing law and turned full-time to writing. He is the author of numerous stories and a novel, See How We Run, which received the lead reviews in the New Statesman and the Irish Times.  

Susan Scott, for "Still Life," which appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Stone Voices
Susan Scott collaborates with artists, scholars and activists on a wide range of creative projects and serves as a lead editor with New Quarterly magazine, home to the Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Scott teaches memoir, short fiction, and the well-wrought essay; 2014 workshops include the annual French River Creative Writing Retreat and Stone by Stone: Writing Spiritual Memoir, with Prajna of Amida Mosaic Sangha. A memoir in-progress, Sainted Dirt: Stories from the Fringe, explores the gifts of spiritual displacement. A chapbook, Temple in a Teapot, was launched on the Mormon Women Writers Literary Tour.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Robert McGowan: Understanding

Anchise Picchi, The Flying, 1982
 I have since youth endeavored dutifully to ascertain whether thinking is better than feeling or feeling better than thinking. I know now that it's a false problem, that feeling and thinking merge into one another and that, though each has exclusive properties, feeling can strengthen thought and thought deepen feeling. And so I have ceased being sheepish about feeling.

I believe now that any human activity that does not derive of an awareness of mystery, any art that does not evoke mystery, any contemplation that is not of mystery is puny and trivial by comparison with those exercises of human mind and hand in which mystery is felt.

There is nothing of any kind whatsoever that we can know absolutely about which we can have final certainty. Over everything, enwrapping all of our thought and all of our awareness, is at last only wide mystery.

~ Robert McGowan, Current, Shanti Arts Publishing (2013)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Patricia Steele Raible: Looking Through the Mirror

The work of Patricia Steele Raible is featured in the summer 2015 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Initially Raible worked only in collage, creating abstract images with paper and sewing. But her interest in surface design and texture grew, and she began experimenting with different types of materials. She now works primarily on wooden cradles, developing both visual and tactile texture that is multi-layered and fragmented. 

Raible’s inspiration comes from reading, writing, and observing. As she attempts to make sense of the world through her art, words and symbols continue to be important and are often found in the writing on the sides of the cradles, in the pages torn from old books, or in the fragments hidden beneath multiple layers of paint.
Art is how I make sense of the world; the “making” process is what saves me. By making art, I am encouraged to turn things over and look at them differently, to explore ideas and confront questions, both directly and in terms of their impact on individuals, including myself and my family. When words aren’t enough, art allows me to speak in textures, lines, and colors.
Raible lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Wow PULP Literature Press with Flash Fiction

Flash fiction master and author of Nothing But Trouble, Bob Thurber, is judging a flash fiction contest for PULP Literature Press

Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction
Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with 1000 words of your economical and brilliant storytelling. Final contest judge is flash fiction master, Bob Thurber. Entry fee $10 until May 14, then $15. Prize $300 and publication in Pulp Literature Issue 9.

More details (from website):
Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.
Contest opens: 1 May 2015
Deadline: 15 June 2015
Winners notified: 15 July 2015
Winners published in: Pulp Literature Issue 9, Winter 2016
First Prize: $300
Runner up: $75
Judge: Bob Thurber
Entry fee: $15
Editorial Critique: $15
Early Bird fee (before 15 May): $10

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Leslie Ihde: The Image in Reverse

The upcoming summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly features an article by Leslie Ihde, "The Image in Reverse."

When carving linoleum for printmaking, the image created is the reverse of the one seen on the completed print. The artist learns to think in negative space. Cut away what you want to see and flip it over. It is funny how different a moon over the right side of an image looks from a moon over the left.

Leslie Ihde is a psychotherapist, artist, and spiritual teacher. As an adolescent, she attended just three Quaker meetings, but they made a lasting impression on her. Too young to drive and unable to persuade her mother to drive her to the meetings regularly, she did not encounter another rich spiritual influence until college. There she met a mystic who was to become her mentor for some thirty years. Leslie offers guided spiritual self-inquiry, drawing inspiration from the Quaker meeting, Zen Buddhism, Socratic philosophy, and mysticism. She writes a regular column for Stone Voices titled "Art and Spiritual Self-Inquiry." She lives with her husband and their golden retriever in upstate New York.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Carol L. Myers: Best in Show-Portfolio

Mixed media artist Carol L. Myers was awarded Best in Show-Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Still Point VII.

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Carol L. Myers grew up in Baltimore, where she went to nursing school at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing. Her first job as an RN took her to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The atmosphere of the college town inspired her to follow her longtime interest in art, first with classes at the Washtenaw Community College and later at the University of Michigan, where she earned her B.F.A. in printmaking. Since graduation she has mixed art, nursing, marriage and family.

During her thirty-two years in Indianapolis,Indiana, Myers was active at the Indianapolis Art Center as a student and teacher. She was also a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and curator of the gallery at the Cultural Complex at the Indianapolis Art Center. Myers has shown her work in many national and regional shows, participated in several cooperative galleries, and has prints in several museum collections. Myers was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2000 and served on their grant review panel in 2001. Moving into the Stutz Business and Art Center, her participation in the arts community continued as director of the StutzArtSpace Gallery, president of the Stutz Artists Association,and chairperson of the Annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House 2011-2013. Myers served as chairperson and curator for the Stutz Artists Association Partnership with Clarian Hospitals, bringing staff, patients and visitors into closer contact with the arts. 

Currently, Myers maintains an active studio in southwestern Michigan. In addition to studio work, her mission is to promote the arts as a life-enhancing activity in medical and educational settings by facilitating shows and workshops.
My work explores the internal landscape of spirit. Meditative pencil drawings explore the natural objects that fascinate me: shells, bones, fossils, bare trees and roots...the architecture of nature. These explorations form my personal constellation of image and meaning, and my work spins off from here, becoming richer with time and repetition.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Still Point Art Gallery Opens Still Point VII

Still Point Art Gallery opens Still Point VII . . . 30 amazing artists and 115 images! 

Honored artists are:
Carol L. Myers (Best in Show - Portfolio);  
Michael Washburn (Best In Show - Single Image);  
Tatiana Roulin (Best Painting);  
Debra Small (Best Photograph);  
Yukari Nakamichi (Best Three-Dimensional Artwork)

All artists exhibited in this show:
Leslie Anderson - Bobby Baker - Beth Baylin - Darla Bjork - Eldred Boze - John Brooks - Ann Calandro - Bob Craig - Erin McGee Ferrell - Suzan Fox - Gail Higginbotham - Peter Jacobson - Karen Johnson - Gayane Karapetyan - Melissa Mahoney - Chance McCroskey - Karl Melton - Carol Myers - Yukari Nakamichi - Louise Parms - Kristin Reed - Richard Reep - Tatiana Roulin - Karen Shulman - Debra Small - Karen Terry - Madelene Varalli - Carolyn WarmSun - Michael Washburn - Anthony Whelihan 

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